The city of Detroit has long been a landing spot for immigrants, from the Italian and Irish of the early 20th century to the Hmong influx in the 1970s to Hamtramck’s Bangladeshi, Bosnian, and Iraqi Chaldean immigrants of the early 2000s. Today we’re going to break down some of our favorite international restaurants in the city.
Jacoby’s – 624 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48226
In 1904, a Luxembourgish/German couple took over a bar in a German neighborhood in what is now Downtown Detroit. These days, Jacoby’s offers a full menu of German dishes, burgers, and salads and a huge variety of German beers on tap.
Honorable mention: The Dakota Inn Rathskeller on John R Street has a much more authentic German menu, including Rouladen, Käsespätzle, and Jägerschnitzel.
Rincon Tropical – 6538 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48210
Rincon Tropical specializes “in authentic Puerto Rican cuisine with original recipes straight from the island…Traditional plates such as rice with gandules, pernil (roasted pork), pasteles, alcapurrias, mofongo, [and] rellenos de papa (stuffed potatoes).”
Honorable mention: Angel’s Place just down the street cooks up much of the same plus Champagne Cola.
Polish Village Cafe – 2990 Yemans St, Hamtramck, MI 48212
Polonia Restaurant – 2934 Yemans St, Hamtramck, MI 48212
Krakus Restaurant – 12900 Joseph Campau Ave, Detroit, MI 48212
A hotly debated topic amongst the metro Detroit Polish population, there are too many great spots to choose. Polish Village Cafe and Polonia Restaurant, just feet away from each other in the Polish enclave of Hamtramck, are the two powerhouse eateries, but Detroit’s Krakus Restaurant is considered by some to be the most authentic of the three.
Aladdin Sweets – 11945 Conant St, Hamtramck, MI 48212
Hamtramck has attracted a large Bangladeshi population in recent times, and Aladdin Sweets is not the only top notch Bangla restaurant around. Naan, biryani, chicken tikka masala, papadams, and everything else you can imagine is served up at this authentic spot. Also check out ZamZam Restaurant next door.
Pho Lucky – 3111 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
As expected, this Midtown establishment serves up tasty bowls of pho in around ten different varieties. Rice plates, vermicelli bowls, spring rolls, summer rolls, and Vietnamese iced coffee with milk are also on the menu, as well as at the original location in Redford and a new third location in Southfield.
Honorable mention: The hip Flowers of Vietnam in Southwest Detroit was named one of the “Best Restaurants in America 2017” by GQ Magazine.